✰ Tolkien claims that he started The Hobbit suddenly, without premeditation, in the midst of grading a set of student essay exams, writing on a blank piece of paper: "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit".
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Look, I know you doubt me, I know you always have. And you’re right. I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my armchair, and my garden. See, that’s where I belong, that’s home. That’s why I came back. Because you don’t have one, a home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.
'Now the Arkenstone has drawn him here. He will never be rid of his need for it. He hates and loves the gem as he hates and loves himself. Thorin's life was a sad story. He was destined to be a great leader before the Arkenstone found him. Before it drove him mad.'